FAQs

As a pet owner, what can I do at home to prevent periodontal disease?

2019-05-25T23:33:28+00:00

The gold standard of home care is tooth brushing. To be effective, however, it must be performed at least three times a week; daily brushing is ideal. See How do I brush my pet’s teeth? (above) or visit dogbeachdentistry.com for directions. Another form of home care consists of rinsing with an antiseptic agent. CET® Oral Hygiene Rinse [...]

As a pet owner, what can I do at home to prevent periodontal disease?2019-05-25T23:33:28+00:00

When is a pet too old to have a dental cleaning?

2019-05-25T23:32:51+00:00

NEVER. Healthy pets, even when they’re older, handle anesthesia quite well. Age does increase the possibility that the patient will have some degree of organ malfunction, and those with systemic problems will be at an increased risk. Therefore, we recommend pre-operative testing on all patients prior to anesthesia. The important organs include the liver, kidneys, [...]

When is a pet too old to have a dental cleaning?2019-05-25T23:32:51+00:00

Why does a dental cleaning have to be done under anesthesia?

2019-05-25T23:32:03+00:00

It is impossible to do a thorough cleaning and definitive oral examination (including periodontal probing) on a pet who is awake. Your veterinarian can provide the appropriate pre-anesthetic protocol and treatment plan to provide your pet with the best care.

Why does a dental cleaning have to be done under anesthesia?2019-05-25T23:32:03+00:00

My veterinarian has recommended a dental cleaning. What is involved?

2019-05-25T23:31:28+00:00

The first step is to place the patient under general anesthesia. Anesthesia-free dentistry is NOT recommended (see below, Why does a dental cleaning have to be done under anesthesia?), and is even illegal in California. Don’t be fooled by “sedation” dentistry. In our opinion, sedation dentistry is more dangerous than general anesthesia for two main [...]

My veterinarian has recommended a dental cleaning. What is involved?2019-05-25T23:31:28+00:00

How do I brush my pet’s teeth?

2019-05-25T23:30:13+00:00

Start with a soft toothbrush and veterinary toothpaste. The malt flavor from Virbac appears to be the favorite of my dog and cat patients. Do not use human toothpaste, as it contains detergents that may cause stomach upset. Also, I do not recommend the fingertip brushes for two reasons. First, the bristles are not very [...]

How do I brush my pet’s teeth?2019-05-25T23:30:13+00:00

My dog eats hard food. Isn’t that like brushing his teeth?

2019-05-25T23:29:39+00:00

NO! This is a myth, which came about from the surface of the teeth being slightly cleaner in pets fed dry food. Typical dry food does not protect against periodontal disease. This relates to the root cause of periodontal disease, which is subgingival plaque (plaque below the gumline). Supragingival (above the gumline) plaque accumulates and [...]

My dog eats hard food. Isn’t that like brushing his teeth?2019-05-25T23:29:39+00:00

What are the warning signs of periodontal disease?

2019-05-25T23:28:57+00:00

Unfortunately, there are no obvious outward signs of periodontal disease until it is VERY advanced. The earliest sign is inflammation (redness or swelling) of the gums. This is generally accompanied by the buildup of plaque and calculus on the teeth, but unless you are looking for these changes (see above, Is dental disease really a [...]

What are the warning signs of periodontal disease?2019-05-25T23:28:57+00:00

What is periodontal disease?

2019-05-25T23:27:13+00:00

Periodontal disease is defined as the destruction of tooth attachment (periodontal ligament and jaw bone), caused by bacteria. It begins when bacteria form on teeth in a substance called plaque. If plaque is not removed immediately, two things occur. First, the plaque is calcified by the minerals in saliva to become calculus (or tartar). This [...]

What is periodontal disease?2019-05-25T23:27:13+00:00

What is anesthesia?

2019-03-25T19:45:35+00:00

In the practice of medicine, especially surgery, and dentistry, anesthesia is an induced, temporary state with one or more of the following characteristics: analgesia (relief from pain), paralysis (extreme muscle relaxation), amnesia (loss of memory), and unconsciousness. Anesthesia enables the painless performance of medical procedures that would cause severe or intolerable pain to an awake [...]

What is anesthesia?2019-03-25T19:45:35+00:00

What To Expect

2019-03-25T19:44:53+00:00

The process for administering anesthesia is unique for each patient. We consider your pet’s age, breed, medical history, and current health status to tailor our drugs to provide the safest and fastest anesthesia possible. Most pets receiving anesthesia at Creekside Veterinary Hospital can expect the following: Pre-anesthetic Evaluation Our team will want to make sure [...]

What To Expect2019-03-25T19:44:53+00:00
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